The Galapagos Islands are a must-see destination for any nature traveller. An active experience focused on nature, this trip offers a secluded, eye-level encounter with the Galapagos, exploring on foot or by kayak.

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Hiking and Kayaking Adventure

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Day 1


Arrive in Quito and transfer to the historic town centre. Settle into your luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the colonial quarter and enjoy dinner at your pleasure at one of Quito’s many fine restaurants.

Day 2


Embark upon a full day of discovery in Ecuador’s historic capital. Heralded as Latin America’s most beautifully preserved colonial city, Quito’s Old Town is filled with cobblestone lanes, elegant plazas, monuments and ornate gilded churches and monasteries. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Otavalo - Galapagos: Baltra / North Seymour

Fly to Galapagos and board S/C Nemo III. Set off for North Seymour, a small geological uplift where you will follow a trail that leads to blue-footed boobies, land iguanas and the largest colony of frigatebirds. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

San Cristobal

Spend the morning snorkelling with the resident sea lion colony at Isla Lobos. Sail on to Kicker Rock, a dramatic volcanic tuff cone and snorkel with sea turtles, rays and reef sharks. Taking to your kayak, paddle the shoreline along Cerro Brujo. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5


Paddling excursion along the north shore of Espanola Island, following a cliff formed by eroded cinder cones and layers of old basalt where you observe giant cacti and many different bird species. Hike along the headlands, hoping to see Hood mockingbirds and blue-footed boobies. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6


Visit Punta Cormorant on Floreana. Following a trail through a Palo Santo forest to a brackish lagoon, find pintail ducks and bright pink flamingos. Back aboard the Nemo III, sail to Champion Islet, one of the best drift-snorkel spots. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

Santa Cruz - Natural Habitat's Tortoise Camp

Hike to secluded Tortuga Bay with its pristine white sand beach. Kayak among mangrove lagoons on the bay’s edge, where sea turtles are frequently found. Afterwards visit the world-famous giant tortoise-rearing centre located at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Ascend into the misty highlands of Santa Cruz to arrive at Natural Habitats’ exclusive Tortoise Camp where you will spend the night. Its safari-style tents and treehouses are tucked among lush vegetation that attracts giant tortoises (most commonly seen from July through February). You will have a chance to view these ancient creatures in their natural setting. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8

Santa Fe

Sail to Santa Fe for a two hour paddle that reveals large cliffs and sea caves used by many species of marine birds for nesting and roosting—as well as basking green sea turtles and sea lions. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9


Snorkel in Bartolome, an underwater playground that’s home to the Galapagos penguins. Climb to the island’s highest point for 360-degree views, passing intriguing geological formations. Sail to Chinese Hat for a two hour paddle through the Bainbridge Rocks. (B)(L)(D)

Day 10

Mosquera - Quito

There will be a morning visit to Mosquera, a tiny islet that’s home to a huge population of sea lions, before your flight back to Quito. (B)

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